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Digitally remastered re-issue featuring 2 bonus tracks: 'All Fired Up', & 'Locked In (Live)'.
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Turbo came in the mid-80's and Priest decided to start experimenting with guitar synthesizers. These are not keyboards on this album, but guitars played through a synth. Priest have done it since (Ram It Down, Nostradamus) but never again to this degree. Some of the sounds on this album are really cool. That weird vaccuum cleaner combined with a jet engine sound in the opening of "Turbo Love", for example, is really cool.
The songs are also good, albeit commercial. Priest had been struggling with the commercial tendencies ever since British Steel, but on Turbo it got out of balance in favour of melody. "Turbo Lover" is an example of this. The song relies entirely on melody to exist. The melody is the framework on which you hang the cool sounds and robotic groove. But it works and the song is often brought out into the setlist, still -- the only song from Turbo to make the setlist post-1987.
"Locked In" is a bit more rockin', not a great song, but at least it ups the tempo a bit. The shout-chorus of "Private Property" (an ode to monogamy) is catchy as hell and this could easily have been a single.Read more ›
Then there is the image factor. A previous reviewer stated how silly Dave Holland looked at this time, and he did. However Glenn Tipton looked even worse. That haircut was beyond ridiculous. To their credit, Rob Halford, KK Downing, and Ian Hill did not cave to the new style. They just continued to dress as they always had.
But this is about music, not image. It took them 4 years and 2 albums to make up for this atrocity(Ram it Down was no better, see previous reviews as to why). Painkiller is one of the best albums they've ever done. It is obvious, in my opinion that Halford took charge of that one, resulting in the power struggle with Tipton resulting in Rob leaving the band. Even the new Priest albums sound like any of the other new metal bands around. Glenn Tipton is still a follower. It is time for him to start leading again. One listen to Halford's new material shows that he still gets it( I forgive him for the TWO album. He had just made a major life decision, we know which one) Maybe Rob should have stayed in Priest, and kicked Glenn out.
Turbo definetly has its drawbacks and dosen't have as much staying power as some of Priests earlier albums, however, I have always found this to be an enjoyable, well written, Heavy Metal Pop record (Which is why most Hard Core Metal Heads Hate it).
First of all, the lyrics are decent. They may stick to generally and sometimes cliche theme's of driving fast, ...innuendo, and teenage rebellion. But remember in the end it is Rock & Roll and Priest themselves were in their Mid-30's when recording it. I would think that maybe they got to feeling a little silly signing about "Creatures From beyond, etc..." by this point and wanted to make a progessive Hard Rock record with technology that seemed the wave of the future at the time. The experimentation, which I always give extra stars for having the balls to try, has mixed, but generally good results.
Great Voalcs (As Always)
Great Guitar Solos
Good Song Structure - Short Pucnhy radio friendly songs
Out In The Cold - Possibly Priest Best Ballad
Overboard on the Synthes
Overboard on Electronic Drums
Parental Guidence - Inteneded to be a hit single but sounds too cliched.
Priest did an awesome tour on after this CD, which did seem to mark the decline of the bands popularity as Arena Headliners, but I find this CD more true to where Priest seemed to be coming from muscially then some of their later releases, which sound like the band is trying TOO HARD to keep up with the "Thrash" exposion.Read more ›
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This would be the bubblegum pop version of Judas Priest.
I bought it because i have all of their albums.
It's like a mainstream radio version of metal. Read more
I have read other reviews of this album and I can't completely agree that it's a bad album. It was 1986 and metal was headed towards a more pop sound. Read morePublished on April 30 2013 by Sir Steven
The Sound quality was perfect, the cd was delivered in perfect condition, and as always, judas Priest is just awesome!Published on April 7 2013 by Brock Wilson
I love hearing older albums remastered for CD because it practically brings them back to life, and they often sound better than they originally did on tape or LP. Read morePublished on May 28 2012 by Matt Hughes
I am a huge Priest fan and I like all of their albums throughout their 35- year carreer except their worst album (Turbo) and their second worst (Point of Entry) although I respect... Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2006 by Customer from Quebec
I like it when bands/artists experiment. Some of my favorite albums are ones that explore music beyond an artist's typical sound like the New Wave inspired Under Wraps by Jethro... Read morePublished on July 15 2004 by mwreview